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Drummond, Sir Roy Maxwell

DSO and Bar, MC, O.B.E. 1221 Cpl 2nd Australian Army Medical Corp.

Born at Perth, WA, CoE. Enlisted 10 September 1914, age 20, bank clerk. Nok father, J. M. Drummond of Irvine St, Cottesloe. Embarked at Fremantle 14 December 1914 per A55 Kyarra. After Gallipoli, he accepted a commission in the Royal Flying Corps on 14 April 1916 and served in Egypt. In 1917 his address was No 67 Squadron RFC, 5th Wing, Egypt. He returned to Australia per Port Sydney for 4 weeks’ leave on 11 July 1917 and re-embarked per A55 Kyarra on 16 September 1917. Medals and awards: Order of the British Empire, Distinguished Service Order and Bar, Military Cross, 1914-1915 Star, BWM and VM. The Argus on 2 July 1942, announced the birth of a daughter to Air Marshal and Mrs Roy Maxwell Drummond. The following is an extract from Wikipedia: ‘Air Marshal Sir Peter Roy Maxwell Drummond KCB, DSO & Bar, OBE, MC (2 June 1894 – 27 March 1945) was an Australian-born senior commander in the Royal Air Force (RAF). He rose from private soldier in World War I to Air Marshal in World War II. Drummond enlisted in the Australian Imperial Force in 1914 and saw action during the Gallipoli campaign. The following year he joined the Royal Flying Corps in 1916 and became a fighter ace in the Middle Eastern theatre of war. Transferring to the RAF on its formation in 1918, he remained in the British armed forces for the rest of his life. Between the wars, Drummond served for two years in the Sudan and four years in Australia on secondment to the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF), including a tour as Deputy Chief of the Air Staff. Based in Cairo at the outbreak of World War II, he was Air Marshal Sir Arthur Tedder’s Deputy Air Officer Commander-in-Chief RAF Middle East from 1941 to 1943. Drummond was twice offered command of the RAAF during the war but did not take up the position on either occasion. He was Britain’s Air Member for Training after 1943 and killed in a plane crash at sea in 1945. Drummond was born in Perth, Western Australia, to merchant John Maxwell Drummond and his wife Caroline. Registered as Roy Maxwell Drummond, he acquired the nickname “Peter” during his schooling at Scotch College, and formally adopted it as his first name in 1943. He served in the cadets and worked as a bank clerk before enlisting in the Australian Imperial Force on 10 September 1914. Awards include: Knight Commander of the Order of the Bath, Distinguished Service Order and Bar, Officer of the Order of the British Empire, Military Cross, Mentioned in Despatches (4), Commander of the Order of the Phoenix (Greece).’ 1940 photo from Wikipedia.